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     1.) Low Jury Pay Excludes Minorities & Poor, Class Says in Washington
     Low pay for jury service has caused grumbling for decades. Now Washington residents have filed a class action claiming the $10 a day stipend violates minimum wage laws and prevents low-income minorities from serving, with a “pernicious effect on the judicial system.”
     2.) Trump Hires Breitbart Exec in Major Campaign Shake-Up
     His presidential campaign continuing to reel from a series of self-inflicted wounds, Donald Trump on Wednesday shook up his staff for the second time since the primaries ended, hiring the executive chairman of the conservative Breitbart News, and promoting a senior advisor to a new, critical role.
     3.) Irate Dissents Over Teen’s Tossed Confession
     Saying the court has “let a confessed murderer walk,” a judge slammed the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday for voting against an en banc rehearing.
     4.) Legal Deadlines Extended Due to Epic Flood
     Gov. John Bel Edwards has released an emergency order that extends legal deadlines as authorities continued to go house to house, checking for bodies following the historic flooding that hit Louisiana over the past weekend.
     5.) Disgraced Bronx Politico Can’t Keep Pension
     A jailed former politician’s pension is not safe from forfeiture proceedings over his bribery scheme involving adult day care centers, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday.
     6.) Ex-US Prosecutor Upbraided for Ethics Lapses
     Federal auditors upbraided a former chief law enforcement officer in Wisconsin for disregarding ethics training by hosting fundraisers at his home for fellow Democrats while he was in office.
     7.) 9th Circ. Tells DOJ to Back Off in Medical Pot States
     The Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the Justice Department is barred from using federal funds to prosecute individuals in states where medical marijuana is legal and the individuals are in compliance with state law.
     8.) No Right to Counsel Before Breath Test in MA
     Suspected drunk drivers in Massachusetts do not have a right to consult with an attorney before taking a breathalyzer test, the state’s highest court ruled.

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